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LizzyRN

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  1. I would be willing to do such a cache.
  2. I "tested" an AL for a friend. Once it went public I was able to complete and log it successfully.
  3. I'd rate a LPC 1.5, nothing more. I can't imagine a container as you described fitting under it and allowing the skirt to fully come down. I like the magnetized idea, but your container is larger than most I've seen of this type. The downside I've seen with these is peeling, flaking paint. Then the hide sticks out like a sore thumb. Consider a smaller container for this type of hide. JMHO.
  4. I agree with GrateBear. It's a cache found on the same month and day it was hidden. There are also challenges associated with birthday caches.
  5. Painters tape and masking tape (easy to replace), a piece of bark, a rock, the container itself.
  6. 728 "finds" to their name Found it 25 Jun 20 Found ground zero easy enough, but couldn't find the cache ============================ Different cache: 278 "finds" to their name Found it 12 Jul 20 Found the location but the cashe is gone. We know because we ran into other geocachers who knew exactly where it should be. We agreed on the same place. They confirmed it was gone.
  7. Not COVID related. More like people sitting on the bench on which the plaque is on (Anacortes Adventure Lab), standing right where you need to count the number of bolts (Space Needle), etc. I'd just as soon move to another stop than wait someone out.
  8. I love Adventure Labs and appreciate the hard work that goes into them. Sometimes there are people at GZ, reading the sign, hanging out, etc. and it's prudent to move on the the next stage and return to the unavailable stage. The requirement to proceed in order is based on one persons logical approach, but often does not work out for others. JMHO
  9. Pardon my ignorance. How do the two methods (the app and online at geocaching.com) manage trackables differently? For one is the tracking code essential, and the other it isn't? Thank you.
  10. When I attempt to log your vehicle via the official geocaching app, the only option I have is WRITE NOTE. When I go online, I see all of the options. I tried it three times and got the same results.
  11. That's awful. I'm curious if you mentioned it to the cacher or not. My inclination would be to mention it, just in case it was an innocent mistake, but to also let them know the consequences of their actions.
  12. I enjoy finding lonely caches, but generally it's not a "mission". That said, a few months ago I did spend one day looking for three lonely caches. I was successful in finding two. It was a great day as reflected in my log. Reading it now, I can feel my excitement. As for a challenge, I can see both sides and would prefer to occasionally find them on my own without any hoopla. LizzyRN Wow! Just wow! 6 years, 1 month and 7 days since it was last found. This was the primary goal for the day. Muggle friend Ashley (aka TheZod) accompanied me on my quest to find some lonely caches. She is very familiar with the trails here and we needed a hiking day together. After not finding the cache just up the road, despite bumps, bruises, scratches, etc, we headed to this cache. I read a few logs and we followed the GPSr. We turned the Terrain 2 into at least a 4 by approaching from the wrong side. Honestly, we followed the GPS. We bushwhacked our way to GZ and began searching. We figured we'd be battling six years of forest duff and moved more stuff than I care to recall. Circling, bending, reaching, stooping, double checking....we did it all. We were down on hands and knees, reaching in various orifices, poking around with my hiking pole and resorted to looking for other hosts. I sat down to ponder and decided to pull out my flashlight. I was down on my hands and knees shining that light around and BINGO!! I spotted the half buried ammo can. Ashley reached in and pulled it out. Now came the hard part....it was stuck shut. I pulled and pulled and wiggled it a bit. Eventually it gave way and opened, exposing its very dry contents. We High 5'd a few times, super excited that we found this one. We stamped and signed the log. I grabbed the 2000-2001 Washington state map as I'm a bit of a cartophile. It will go in my collection. I didn't add a pathtag here as I had left my backpack where we entered the thorny hell that ripped out a bunch of my hair, left scratches on my arms and collected some DNA from me. After enjoying the moment, we exited directly opposite our entrance point to save us from another attack of the thorns. All is all, we hiked 8.5 miles for three smilies. Thanks so much*********. Favorite point for this adventure and great cache. It was SO NICE to log this one. I'd venture to say this has been my best Geocaching accomplishment so far!
  13. I'm voting for herd immunity! Oh wait, I didn't get a ballot.
  14. I will be happily surprised if GeoWoodstock isn't cancelled.
  15. Since each state/region seems to be affected differently, I would refer you to your state Dept of Health, followed by your County Health Department. Ours here in Washington, a hot bed of COVID, updates daily and lists pertinent statistics in a way that won't put you to sleep. https://www.doh.wa.gov I also refer to my County Health Department page at least daily. https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirus.htm It's less complete, but it's another source for me. Unfortunately, the information takes a bit to get to the officials. We know about deaths that have occurred in certain counties, but it isn't reflected on these websites yet. Ironically, the DOH is closed until further notice. We are seriously struggling here for PPE. Some hospital administration is FORBIDDING people from wearing masks in some departments, as well as NOT providing N95s to nurses caring for COVID-19 positive patients. Staff are wearing less effective surgical masks. Some are provided only goggles when a complete face shield is the appropriate PPE. I have ordered my own face shield and am awaiting its arrival. I have sewn several surgical masks to wear over my N95 to prolong its life. I've heard that Target and Harbor Freight will divert their supplies of PPE to healthcare providers. I read a great post by a doc who hits the nail on the head re: PPE and big businesses that should be shifting their efforts to making PPE, such as Proctor & Gamble, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, etc. MEFLOquine and CHLOROquine are two different drugs used to treat malaria. The sides effects sound miserable. Hydroxychloroquine (Brand name: Plaquenil) is an anti-malarial as well as used for other conditions such as some bowel disorders. From the very little I've read, it seems that this is what has been used. I do not know that for fact.
  16. Viajero Perdido, I amend my earlier answer. I have heard of patients in my facility being treated with it and a Z-pack. Rumor says there have been positive results.
  17. My co-workers (nurses and docs) are making regular surgical masks to wear over our N95 respirators, simply to preserve the N95s. Providence has a 100 Million Mask program going on. Hospitals are going through a six month supply in 2-3 days.
  18. The stats I quoted are only for Washington state. Back to choosing a pattern for making PPE......I wonder if I take my sewing supplies to work, I could be paid for making them?
  19. As healthcare professionals working in a hospital currently we come to work, UNLESS we have a fever over 100.5 F. We could still have the virus, we simply don't have the fever. We STILL have to take care of patients, until we are sick enough to stay home. Hopefully that does not happen because there won't be enough nurses, techs, respiratory therapists, etc. to take care of the sick people, let alone PPE and equipment such as ventilators. As you said, we do know what works. We avoid close contact by social distancing and wash our hands (I stopped counting at 80 washings one shift), wear a mask at work, etc. It's so simple, yet so effective. In Washington our stats are a little different. 59% of deaths have been female, 38% male and 3% unknown (don't ask). I've been following the stats here daily. We have been consistently at 54-58% of deaths occurring in folks 60 years and older. Yesterday that changed and 17% were 50-59 years old. Today it's tremendously different. A bunch of deaths were reported and it is now 93% 60 and older. Here in Washington many people are now out of work, due to this situation. The economic affects will be catastrophic. Re: influenza - It is deadly in its own right. However, we have a vaccine for it, and we have treatment. Neither of which we have for COVID-19. Yet, people still choose to not receive the flu vaccine. They rely on the rest of us to protect them, and their unvaccinated children.
  20. All of health care professionals and first responders are also "sucking it up for your benefit". We have much in common that way. People can "support the healthcare professionals". Stay home from the hospital unless you are a patient. Wash your hands frequently and well. Don't run in to be tested unless you meet the criteria. Call your doctor first. I certainly don't expect this to blow over. Life as we know it is over. Businesses will fail, people will lose jobs and home. Healthcare professionals will die. It's terribly sad.
  21. As a RN, I can talk about 16 hour shifts all the time. We get that. It sucks, but its our reality, COVID-19 or not. Also consider, this is not a one size fits all situation. Our policies and protocols within the hospital change several times each day. Yesterday evening we separated a brand new baby from its PUI mother five minutes after birth. Today, we would not do that; they would stay together and mom would wear a mask while breastfeeding. I am 20 miles north of the first Washington state COVID-19 case in Snohomish County and 50 miles north of Seattle. I'm not being negligent. I'm avoiding stores, crowded areas, my nursing conferences have been cancelled, practicing social distancing, etc. I'm following the recommended guidelines AND caring for patients with inadequate PPE, not nearly enough supplies, etc. However, the fresh air part is recommended by State of Emergency declared by the Skagit County Health Department that recommends people getting outside. It's also recommended that kids spend two hours playing outdoors. People who are sick should self-isolate except to seek medical care. People at higher risk of severe illness should self-isolate now. This includes physical isolation from non-household family members, including grandchildren. People at higher risk include people over 60 years of age; people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes; people with weakened immune systems; and pregnant women. Everyoneshould limit activity outside the home to essential activities only. However, outdoor activities such as walking, running, biking, and hiking are encouraged. If you go with another person, maintain 6 feet of distance. So, to answer your question, CITOs ARE good for you, if you are healthy.
  22. I think outdoor events like CITOs are safe if folks maintain distance, wash their hands, cover their coughs, etc. You know, the stuff we should do regardless. Fresh air is best!
  23. Absolutely. That thought is in our minds constantly. I have not had any patients who are known COVID-19 positive, however they certainly could be. I do know that I purchased my own PPE since hospitals are VERY low on supplies. However, we are all still caring for patients during this time, unless we are febrile or have any other symptoms, and then we stay home. ALL of us, not only healthcare professionals, can be asymptomatic carriers. I'm now babysitting my grandson since there is no school. We are spending a lot of time outside, on bikes, hitting the baseball, playing fetch with the dogs, etc. We are making sure my 87 yo mother-in-law stays home, for her safety. Back to the event: The CO took all the correct precautions; moved event outdoors, we met in a parking lot, we did not shake hands, we maintained social distancing, we sanitized before and after stamping the log book, even though I didn't touch it. No one coughed, sneezed or touched their face. Bottom line is that being outside and active is probably the best thing to do right now, aside from hand washing and social distancing. Handwashing with soap more >20 seconds is best, hand sanitizer with >60% alcohol is adequate too.
  24. I attended an event today north of Seattle. My grandson and I were the only attendees other than the CO and her husband. She made changes to her original plan. We met outside, I signed the log then we walked to a nearby cache. There was hand sanitizer present. As a Registered Nurse in a hospital, I will come in contact with far more at work (especially given the shortage of PPE) than I will out geocaching. All is well.
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